Dominica Ferry Services
Dominica ferries make travelling to Dominica an easy and pleasant. Dominica ferries services are supported by efficient sea ports which are found in three major locations on the island. There are many legal ports of entry for Dominica ferries, however, the four main sea Forts are the Woodbridge Bay, the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth, the Roseau Ferry Terminal and the Portsmouth Ferry Terminal. In the north of Dominica, in the second town of Portsmouth a smaller cruise ship berth was opened at the Cabrits National Park. With close proximity to Guadeloupe and Martinique it is not surprising that the island has several inter island high speed catamaran ferries that connect Dominica to Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia. The vessels and ferries coming to Dominica may be grouped by type:
- Bulk carrier
- Petroleum tanker
- Chemical tanker
- Refrigerated cargo
- Roll on/roll off
The government has invested in the development of the Roseau Sea Wall and the Bayfront area to improve the overall facilities for cruise ships and high speed ferries to the neighboring French- speaking islands. Both the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth and the Roseau Ferry Terminal are located on the Bayfront in the quaint capital of Roseau. Cruise ships and passenger ships dock at the Bayfront regularly. Passengers from Martinique and Guadeloupe come to Dominica daily via the L’Express des Iles (a high speed Catamaran), which docks at the Roseau Ferry Terminal (the terminal has recently undergone renovations during which time the ferry was diverted to the Woodbridge Bay until work was completed).
The Roseau ferry port has a forty foot draft and can handle most large containers, including roll on/roll off vessels. During the tourist season ferries as well as cruise ships dock at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth. Because the Roseau ferry terminal and cruise ship berth are in close proximity to the business and shopping areas of the capital, tourists who do not go on one of the tours around the island go into the city. Located one mile north of Roseau, the Deep Water Port at Woodbridge Bay takes in larger cargo vessels, Cruise ships and yacht.
Portsmouth, located about an hour away from the capital Roseau, was the intended capital of Dominica by the British. However, in 1760 because of malaria, Roseau was chosen as the capital instead. The vibrant town has its own ferry service, sea port and yachting sector, which is developing at a rapid rate. Dominica ferry and cruise service such as the Portsmouth Cruise Ship Berth in the Cabrits National Park welcome visitors regularly.
Dominica travel via the ferry terminal in Portsmouth has been facilitated due to extensions made to the long house wharf ( by a further 150 feet) by the government which now allows for roll on/roll off service and docking of cargo ships alongside. The improvements that were made to the wharf of this Dominica ferry terminal make it possible to accommodate vessels with a draft of 28 feet. The Dominican registered boats Maryann and Grace dock at the harbor at Portsmouth coming from St.Maarteen and St.Kitts and Nevis. The array of Dominica ferry and shipping possibilities available has developed significantly in the north and has directly impacted business in Portsmouth. Portsmouth still remains the major banana shipping port.
The development of Dominica ferry services comes at a time when an affordable and reliable form of transportation is needed for interisland travel. Not only do Dominica ferry services allow people to travel at lower costs, Dominica ferry travel also strengthens the interrelations of people from the various English and French speaking islands. Dominica ferry services are a major creator of jobs for young men and women who work as air hostesses, immigration officers and dock workers.
Dominica ferries are a wise and convenient alternative to air travel and better the chances of going abroad vacation and business. Dominica travel has been greatly enhanced by ferry services in Dominica which are available in different parts of the island and give direct access to main towns.